“OCCUPY IMPERIALISM: Crisis, Resistance, Solidarity” – National Convention, June 9-10


National Convention of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement
June 9-10, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA

    Stop the war on the African & Mexican communities inside the U.S.
Stop Obama’s worldwide wars.      
Solidarity with the resistance of African and oppressed peoples.

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement, the organization of white people and other allies of the African Liberation Movement, calls on you to join us in an organizing conference June 9 and 10 in Philadelphia to target the foundation on which Wall Street rests and to stand in solidarity with the worldwide resistance of African and Indigenous peoples as the vehicle for social transformation.

After three years of the Obama administration we are very far from the hope and change promised in 2008. As the economic crisis continues to deepen, Obama’s wars of occupation and terror against oppressed peoples proliferate in every corner of the globe, including inside the U.S.

It’s time for a peoples’ movement inside this country, not to reform imperialism but to end it, by standing on the side of the movements of African and oppressed peoples.

All around the world and inside this country oppressed peoples are in the streets struggling for justice, self-determination and an end to U.S. domination that sucks the lifeblood of oppressed nations for the benefit of a small percentage of humanity.

Thousands of white people have been in motion as well in the loose-knit Occupy Movement that targets the criminality of the bankers and corporations, yet chooses to ignore the Wall Street-backed terror against Africans and Mexicans right here, and against oppressed peoples on every continent.

Responding primarily to the effects of imperialism’s crisis on the white middle class, the Occupy Movement fails to challenge what Wall Street and capitalism mean for the majority of people on this planet.

This is a call to stand against imperialism and in solidarity with African, Mexican and Indigenous peoples’ demands for liberation and self-determination inside this country and around the world.

We are calling on our white counterparts to recognize that a struggle for transformation begins by acknowledging that this is the stolen land of the Indigenous people who now are the most impoverished population in North America with a life expectancy of 47 years.

We are making the call that in order to transform conditions for everyone, we must begin by recognizing that capitalism itself was built on turning African people into the world’s most lucrative commodity for more than 450 years.

We are calling for the building of a true anti-war movement that recognizes that Obama has intensified the Bush war agenda a thousand-fold—openly and covertly—across the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Asia and inside this country.

We believe we must stand in solidarity with the voice of the African community itself in the form of the Black is Back Coalition for Peace, Reparations and Social Justice, which demands not just “peace” but victory and self-determination for oppressed peoples around the world.

We believe that until we acknowledge that the crimes of Wall Street and the bankers rest on a pedestal of enslavement, terror, genocide and resource theft inside this country and around the world we cannot move forward.

We are concerned that while African, Mexican and Indigenous people strike out daily in organized and unorganized resistance against the intensifying iron hand of the police state imposed upon them, this is a non-issue for an Occupy movement concerned generally about student loans, mortgages and pensions and the rights of white people.

We are concerned that there is little outcry about the deepening Wall Street-backed terror being waged by the Obama administration against the people of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Iran, the Congo, Uganda, Somalia and throughout Africa, as well as in Central and South America as a desperate imperialism attempts to push back the people’s anti-imperialist movements and governments.

We are concerned that even as this economic crisis unfolds the wealth gap between white people and African and Mexican people is growing, with white households now holding 20 times the wealth of African households and 18 times the wealth of Mexican families inside the U.S.

We are concerned that nearly 40 percent of all African children inside the US live in poverty and one in four African households struggles just to put food on the table.

We are concerned that the horrific U.S. prison system, with as many as 7 million people under “correctional supervision,” and its attendant daily police violence, murders and terror is a hideous crime against humanity that goes unchallenged and uncondemned by the Occupy Movement.

We are concerned that prisons are not about crime control but about control of oppressed, impoverished populations. White bankers whose crimes have destroyed the lives of millions of people around the world do not go to prison; poor African men do.

As Adam Gopnik wrote recently in the New Yorker magazine, “For a great many poor people in America, particularly poor black men, prison is a destination that braids through an ordinary life, much as high school and college do for rich white ones…Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today—perhaps the fundamental fact, as slavery was the fundamental fact of 1850.”

Yet this “fundamental fact” is not even discussed in a movement concerned with the newfound contradictions of the white middle class people occupying Wall Street.

We are concerned that an imprisoned brown and black population, now nearly the size of New York City, is the basis for the ever growing, highly lucrative prison industry from which Wall Street and much of white American has benefitted for a very long time. Where is the outcry against our American gulag?

We are concerned that African people are the majority of those gunned down and brutalized every day by the highly militarized police forces who have been encamped and riding roughshod in African and Mexican communities all over the U.S. for decades before they turned their batons on white demonstrators.

As we face another election year it’s time to leave behind the electoral contest between two sectors of Wall Street-backed elite. It is time to abandon a me first agenda that in effect demands that Wall Street continue its worldwide plunder in order to keep on meeting our needs.

It is time to build a movement of white people dedicated to ending a system of oppressors and the oppressed and being part of building a world in which all human beings can live in peace and prosperity, by standing in genuine solidarity with African and other oppressed peoples who struggles for self-determination are bringing down the pedestal on which Wall Street rests.

Participate in this crucial conference on June 9 and 10 in Philadelphia.

The agenda includes workshops and discussions on critical issues such as:

  • Is the problem racism or colonialism and how does that inform the role of white people?
  • The struggle for world peace and the movements for national liberation
  • How the movement for reparations to African people targets the Wall Street elite?
  • Is the white population really part of the 99 percent?
  • Venezuela and the struggle for self-determination.

There will be plenaries with open mics for your input. You can submit papers for discussion as a way participating in this conference.

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